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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Details in ” The Traditional Artist at Work “   1 comment


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Details in ” The Traditional Artist at Work “

I am not an expert on Macro Photography due to my poor patience – by the time a senior citizen focussed on an insect and ready to shoot it, it just flew away. Macro photography in nature is definitely not my cup of tea at all. I am submitting a photograph of a traditional artist painting more intricate details on the Taoist Door Guardians or Gods, in a local clan association heritage building. Detailed artwork is actually  done by his memory and past experience. Hope it passes the Photo Challenge on “Details” – the artistic ones.

SP Lim

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Details " The Traditional Artist at Work "

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Details ” The Traditional Artist at Work “

From Wikipedia:-

A door god (simplified Chinese: 门神; traditional Chinese: 門神; pinyin: ménshén) is a Chinese decoration placed on each side of an entry to a temple, home, business, etc., which is believed to keep evil spirits from entering. It is also seen in other East Asian countries such as Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

The custom of pasting pictures of door gods on doors dates back to ancient China. In theHan dynasty, people believed that peach wood has spiritual properties and can ward off evil spirits so they started making auspicious carvings on peach wood and hanging them around their homes. Following the invention of paper, paper gradually replaced peach wood as people started drawing and writing on paper instead. In earlier times, Shentu and Yulü were the most common choice for door gods. People drew portraits of them on paper and pasted them on doors. In the Tang dynasty, two generals – Qin Qiong and Yuchi Gong – became door gods when Emperor Taizong ordered portraits of them to be made and pasted on gates in the hope of attracting good luck and scaring away evil spirits. Other folklore heroes and mythological figures were subsequently added to the repertoire.

The door gods usually come in pairs, facing each other; it is considered bad luck to place the figures back-to-back. There are many different door gods, of which the most common ones are Qin Qiong and Yuchi Gong. Portraits of Wei Zheng or Zhong Kui are used on single doors.

 


Details

Discover the intimate details of something unexpected, and share your images with us.

If you’ve followed my previous photo challenges, you’ll know that I am enamored with nature. I love the exotic and the mundane, the wondrous and the earthy. One of my favorite things about nature is her details — the intricate vascular system of a leaf, the wispy patterns in clouds at sunset, or luminous beads of dew on the delicate filaments of a dandelion seed. When distilled down to the details, a weed becomes a lovely piece of art.

“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” — Robert Capa

A macro photograph of dewdrops on dandelion seeds. Photo by Jen Hooks.

A macro photograph of dewdrops on dandelion seeds. Photo by Jen Hooks.

Fun Fact: This image was shot with my phone and an inexpensive clip-on macro lens called an olloclip. You don’t need fancy equipment to capture tiny details!

For this week’s challenge, try to look past the big picture and take a more intimate approach. Zoom in on details in unexpected places — it can be something from the natural world, or it can be human-made. We’re excited to see what you find with your lens.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Look Up – ” Life Upstairs “   5 comments


Look Up

This week is all about taking a moment to check out what’s going on above you.

Going about our day, we often don’t pay attention to what’s directly above us. We’re more likely to focus on what’s in front of us rather than what’s overhead. Or if you’re like me, what’s below us to avoid tripping over anything.


While I was wandering around the town last week, I look up at a block of apartments. Living a life on the upper floors of apartments is also interesting as our feet do not touch the ground. Even the laundry is done upstairs with the subsequent drying of these clothings. I had not live upstairs except taking my slumber snd bath in my double-storeyed house. Thus, living without touching ground level can be very interesting and challenging for me. My submission is ” Life Upstairs ” or ” Life without touching the ground “.

SP Lim

 

Weekly Photo Challenge on Look Up ~ " Life Upstairs or Life without touching the ground "

Weekly Photo Challenge on Look Up ~ ” Life Upstairs or Life without touching the ground “

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This photo was taken on a rather frustrating and wet afternoon in Atlanta. The rain had made the traffic especially heavy. I happened to look out and up through my window to see the sky beginning to clear. This particular snap ended up serving as a quick reminder to find a brief respite in an otherwise busy day.

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For this week’s challenge, take a moment to look up. Whether it’s the fan above your head at work, your bedroom ceiling, or the night sky, what do you see? Is it familiar? Or does it show you a new perspective on your surroundings? Looking forward to the peeks into your worlds!

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “   3 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “

Opposites

This week, make two opposing elements come together (or clash in dissonance) in one photo

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My submission for the Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – is that of this photograph entitled  ” Of Older and Younger Generations “. This was one of the series of the Indigenous Tribe of the Vietnam Highlands during my Photographic Expedition to Vietnam last year.


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites - " Of Older and Younger Generations "

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “


 

There are so many ways to infuse photos with drama, from choosing an unusual angle to focusing on a strong, vibrant palette. One idea I often explore is contrast. No, not so much in the technical sense of shadows and highlights(important as they certainly are), but more fundamentally: I love the power of a single frame to bring together conflicting elements. Sometimes the result is harmonious, a peaceful coexistence of unnatural allies. Sometimes the tension remains unresolved.

Sometimes it’s a bit of both, like in this recent shot I took at a castle in the Bourgogne countryside, in east-central France.

 

Opposites

These walls were originally built in the 16th century — but were covered in fresh, shimmering ivy. Together, the two elements made the entire structure all the more interesting (and, let’s admit it, more photogenic): heavy and light, hard and soft, smooth and textured, inanimate and organic.

In your photo this week, show how opposites can tell a story about people, places, or objects. The tension can reside inwhat you choose to show — old vs. new, big vs. small, dark vs. light — or in how you frame and design your shot. I look forward to seeing your entries!

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Life Partners of Love and Happiness   Leave a comment


Weekly Photo Challenge

Partners
Whether two of a kind or ten, give us subjects that are in sync with one another — show us partnerships.
BY MICHELLE W.

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My submission is that of “Life Partners of Love and Happiness” as from the Teochew Chinese Opera entitled “Tale of the Dragon Princess”. This is the marriage scene. Love has no bounds and blind as an immortal fairy Princess from the sea fall in love with a mortal human being. In the end she gave up her immortality to marry this male human being.

SP LIm

Weekly Photo Challenge - Life Partners of Love and Happiness

Weekly Photo Challenge – Life Partners of Love and Happiness

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Bologna, Italy. The Basilica of San Petronio. A balmy June evening. While I worked on my second gelato of the day, a Bolognese gentleman and his miniature canine doppelgänger strolled through the piazza on what I assume was their nightly constitutional (or, for an Italian, a passeggiata), pausing on the basilica steps for some people watching.

Photo not included of man and dog

The two of them were perfectly in tune: the man looked left, the dog looked left. The man looked right, the dog looked right. The man shifted to find a more comfortable position, the dog scooted alongside. After ten minutes or so, it was time to move on; the dog trotted away at the man’s heel. No leash needed — they were in step (and there are no cars in the piazza). Passeggiata partners.

This week, share an image of partners. A pair, a trio, a sextet; people, buildings, plants — whatever you choose to shoot, give us subjects that are in tune with one another.

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Partners

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers ~ The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers   2 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers

My late submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge on “Numbers” is called ” The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers “. Who shall win this Dragon Boat Race – will it be 2, 3, 4 or 5?

SP Lim

The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers

The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers

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Numbers
Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.
BY BEN HUBERMAN

I was strolling along the streets and canals of Los Angeles’ Venice Beach recently. It’s a lovely, rapidly changing neighborhood: the old and the new often collide, but the endearingly shabby seems to live in surprising harmony with all things cutting edge (and pricy).

It’s also a mightily photogenic place. Which makes me a bit embarrassed to admit that my favorite sight was… a row of mailboxes:

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers
Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.

I’m not sure what it was about them that I found so captivating. Their effortless vintage-ness? The fact that the building’s residents cared enough to make them so… cute? Or maybe the promise of each family’s story, already hinted at by the empty stroller (and even by those cacti): just pick one box, and whole lives might pour out.

Ultimately, I saw these numbers — presented in the simplest, most predictable of sequences — as an invitation to wonder about people and the place they live in.

Numbers are all around us at home and on the street, in airports and supermarkets, on signs and on our clothes. I can’t wait to see your take on this week’s challenge — what will your numbers show?

Numbers

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Pure   4 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Purely of Crystals

As I was unwell for sometime and with my very unstable internet, I had nod submitted my Weekly Photo Challenge for three weeks in a row.
Better late than never as I submit my photograph for the “Pure”-themed Weekly Photo Challenge. This is a photograph of the ceiling lighting of a restaurant.

SP Lim

Purely of Crystals

Purely of Crystals

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Pure
For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something pure — it can be a person, an object, or a moment.
Pure: a photo of a child picking wildflowers. Photo by Jen Hooks.
BY JEN H.

“Pure” can convey wholesomeness, something undiluted, or simplicity.

The sky is clear, the air is clean, and a small girl plucks dandelions from a field to make a tiny bouquet. The purity of the afternoon is absolute: from the crystalline blue of the sky, down to the cottony, sunlit curls upon the child’s head. Nothing exists outside of this overgrown meadow, where wildlife thrives, and red thistle and dandelions flourish. And a tiny little girl, pure of heart and intention, picks golden flowers for her mom.

This photo was taken several years ago now, but I can still recall this perfect day. I love finding beauty in the mundane, and purity in the midst of our chaotic, over-connected world. For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something pure — it can be a person, an object, or a moment. “Pure” can convey wholesomeness, something undiluted, or simplicity. We can’t wait to see your interpretation.

Pure

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Curve   6 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Curve

My submission is the “Curve of the Sea Shell”.

"Curve of the Sea Shell"

“Curve of the Sea Shell”

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Curve
Find inspiration in the curves around you.
BY CHERI LUCAS ROWLANDS

When I peer through a camera lens, or put my phone’s screen up to my face, I never really know what a photograph will look like. I love photography, but over the years I’ve taken pictures less and less, passively, and with less intent. When composing a shot, I let the elements in the frame dictate the composition. I follow their lead. This is especially true with leading lines: I let lines — straight, squiggly, bending — decide what type of photo I will take.

Read more about leading lines and curves in photography.
One afternoon, I strolled toward the London Eye, on the South Bank along the Thames River in London. This massive rounded structure — with its perfect curve and straight lines — was partially covered by bare, wild branches, and this view captured the interplay of both:

curve

For this week’s challenge, get inspired by the curves around you. From curves in architecture to bends in nature to man-made undulations, you have lots to work with!

Curve

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